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dwin·dle

 (dwĭn′dl)
v. dwin·dled, dwin·dling, dwin·dles
v.intr.
To become gradually less until little remains. See Synonyms at decrease.
v.tr.
To cause to dwindle: difficulties that dwindled my enthusiasm for the recipe.

[Frequentative of Middle English dwinen, to waste away, from Old English dwīnan, to shrink; see dheu- in Indo-European roots.]

dwindle

(ˈdwɪndəl)
vb
to grow or cause to grow less in size, intensity, or number; diminish or shrink gradually
[C16: from Old English dwīnan to waste away; related to Old Norse dvīna to pine away]

dwin•dle

(ˈdwɪn dl)

v. -dled, -dling. v.i.
1. to become smaller and smaller; shrink; diminish.
2. to fall away, as in quality; degenerate.
v.t.
3. to make smaller and smaller; cause to shrink.
[1590–1600; dwine (now dial.) to waste away (Middle English; Old English dwīnan; c. Middle Dutch dwīnen, Old Norse dvīna) + -le]
syn: See decrease.

dwindle


Past participle: dwindled
Gerund: dwindling

Imperative
dwindle
dwindle
Present
I dwindle
you dwindle
he/she/it dwindles
we dwindle
you dwindle
they dwindle
Preterite
I dwindled
you dwindled
he/she/it dwindled
we dwindled
you dwindled
they dwindled
Present Continuous
I am dwindling
you are dwindling
he/she/it is dwindling
we are dwindling
you are dwindling
they are dwindling
Present Perfect
I have dwindled
you have dwindled
he/she/it has dwindled
we have dwindled
you have dwindled
they have dwindled
Past Continuous
I was dwindling
you were dwindling
he/she/it was dwindling
we were dwindling
you were dwindling
they were dwindling
Past Perfect
I had dwindled
you had dwindled
he/she/it had dwindled
we had dwindled
you had dwindled
they had dwindled
Future
I will dwindle
you will dwindle
he/she/it will dwindle
we will dwindle
you will dwindle
they will dwindle
Future Perfect
I will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
he/she/it will have dwindled
we will have dwindled
you will have dwindled
they will have dwindled
Future Continuous
I will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
he/she/it will be dwindling
we will be dwindling
you will be dwindling
they will be dwindling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
he/she/it has been dwindling
we have been dwindling
you have been dwindling
they have been dwindling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
he/she/it will have been dwindling
we will have been dwindling
you will have been dwindling
they will have been dwindling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
he/she/it had been dwindling
we had been dwindling
you had been dwindling
they had been dwindling
Conditional
I would dwindle
you would dwindle
he/she/it would dwindle
we would dwindle
you would dwindle
they would dwindle
Past Conditional
I would have dwindled
you would have dwindled
he/she/it would have dwindled
we would have dwindled
you would have dwindled
they would have dwindled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dwindle - become smaller or lose substance; "Her savings dwindled down"
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"

dwindle

dwindle

verb
To grow or cause to grow gradually less:
Translations
يَتَضاءَل، يَقِل
ubývatzmenšovatrozplynoutscvrkávat se
skrumpe indsvinde in
huvetavähetä
rÿrna, minnka
samazinātiessarauties
rozplynúť sa
azalmakküçülmek

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndl] VIreducirse, menguar
to dwindle toquedar reducido a
to dwindle away [money, sound] → disminuir, menguar
his life was dwindling awayse consumía poco a poco

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndəl] vi [number] → diminuer; [resources, exports] → diminuer; [support] → diminuer

dwindle

vi (strength, relevance)schwinden, abnehmen; (interest) → nachlassen; (numbers, audiences)zurückgehen, abnehmen; (supplies, stocks)schrumpfen, zur Neige gehen

dwindle

[ˈdwɪndl] vi (numbers, supplies) → assottigliarsi, diminuire, decrescere; (interest) → affievolirsi
to dwindle to → ridursi a

dwindle

(ˈdwindl) verb
to grow less. His money dwindled away.
References in classic literature ?
No one came to talk to her, and one by one the group dwindled away till she was left alone.
The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow--one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness, and a manifest lack of intellect and cheerful self-reliance; whose first and chief concern, on coming into the world, is to see that the almshouses are in good repair; and, before yet he has lawfully donned the virile garb, to collect a fund to the support of the widows and orphans that may be; who, in short, ventures to live only by the aid of the Mutual Insurance company, which has promised to bury him decently.
Her color faded, and her appetite (at table) dwindled almost to nothing.
The young ladies of Highbury might have walked again in safety before their panic began, and the whole history dwindled soon into a matter of little importance but to Emma and her nephews:in her imagination it maintained its ground, and Henry and John were still asking every day for the story of Harriet and the gipsies, and still tenaciously setting her right if she varied in the slightest particular from the original recital.
It shrunk, collapsed, and dwindled down into a bedpost.
As the six evenings had dwindled away, to five, to four, to three, to two, I had become more and more appreciative of the society of Joe and Biddy.
It was the well-known consequence of this discord that Richard's repeated victories had been rendered fruitless, his romantic attempts to besiege Jerusalem disappointed, and the fruit of all the glory which he had acquired had dwindled into an uncertain truce with the Sultan Saladin.
The landlord could do nothing with his acres except let them to him; the capitalist's hoard rotted and dwindled until it was lent to him; the worker's muscles and brain were impotent until sold to him.
As the last rays of daylight dwindled and disappeared, absolute blackness settled down on Treasure Island.
Neither, indeed, could I forbear smiling at myself, when the queen used to place me upon her hand towards a looking-glass, by which both our persons appeared before me in full view together; and there could be nothing more ridiculous than the comparison; so that I really began to imagine myself dwindled many degrees below my usual size.
In America, from a like cause, the government of the Union has gradually dwindled into a state of decay, approaching nearly to annihilation.
I do not mean that the adult Martians are unnecessarily or intentionally cruel to the young, but theirs is a hard and pitiless struggle for existence upon a dying planet, the natural resources of which have dwindled to a point where the support of each additional life means an added tax upon the community into which it is thrown.